Archie #21

Archie #21

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: June 21, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 5
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A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair!

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Jun 26, 2017

    Woods has been on my radar since his work with DC's Superman. His characters and facial expressions are the perfect balance for a teen-drama series like this. I think that he is the ideal artist for this comic and Archie and the gang have rarely looked better. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 24, 2017

    I shouldn't be surprised that I enjoy this series - Waid is one of the best comic writers out there, of course - though I am happy to see that a more traditional new Archie comic is being released next month - but I'm enjoying this series a lot, and I suspect you will, too. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Jun 23, 2017

    Abandoned your preconceived notions and just dive in. With an unconventional structure and brilliant work by an exceptional creative team, "Archie" #21 delivers a spectacular issue that nobody could have seen coming. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The GCRN - Dan Clark Jun 30, 2017

    Who knows if this will have the ramifications it promises. This is the world of comics after all. For now, it is simply a good story that has given this book new life. If you are someone who has thought about getting into this book this is not an ideal jumping on point as these events will mean a lot more if you have an understanding of these characters. Its odd but in the year 2017 one of the most consistent books on the shelves comes from one of its longing lasting characters. This feels like the story Waid has been building to since he first relaunched this title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TalkNerdy2Me Jun 21, 2017

    And as good as Waid's writing is here, he's matched by Woods' artwork. Certainly it's no Dan Parent or Harry Lucey, but these people look believable flesh-and-blood (albeit sort of cartoon-y) human beings. That's hugely important for an emotional story arc like this - the art doesn't overshadow the writing or make it seem ridiculous. (He even manages to soften old man Lodge!) And I adore his scenery. My very favorite panel of the whole book is the one of Moose lurching towards the cute, fuzzy bunny in the foreground. That bunny is charming without looking like a refugee from a little kids' book. The fade to black at the end wasn't too shabby either. I'm anxiously awaiting next month, to see whether I need to send my used Kleenexes and hate mail to Archie Comics! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Ashley Gibbs Jun 28, 2017

    Archie #21 is a good read, it also ends on a cliffhanger, and next issue will reveal the fate of the character in the hospital. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 22, 2017

    The drawn out nature of the read delays the true payoff to next issue, but it's nonetheless an emotionally resonant chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Jun 22, 2017

    Archie #21 mixes normal hijinks with emotional storytelling in a slightly unbalanced part two for "Over the Edge." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 21, 2017

    If you're reading Archie, then keep reading Archie. If you were curious about this storyline the way I was, then I hate to say it, but it's not particularly worth the time. Maybe what comes after this arc will be worth it, but this is just shock and awe that rely on cliffhangers. It's easy to see what the creators were going for, but ultimately it didn't work out in the end. Read Full Review

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